If you are missing a tooth or a series of teeth, a dental bridge may offer the ideal solution! Acora Dental is pleased to offer Dental Bridges, a natural-looking dental restoration option as a solution for replacing one or more missing teeth, to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration that is used to replace one missing tooth or multiple missing teeth in the same area. It does so by using abutment teeth as anchors for the restoration that will fill in the missing space. Your bridge is coloured and shaped just like natural teeth, and essentially “bridges” the gap left behind from missing teeth. A bridge is permanent and cannot be removed. An alternative to dental implants or dentures, a dental bridge can eliminate the possibility of your remaining teeth shifting to fill the gap left by the missing teeth, thereby reducing the risk of gum disease, bite difficulties, and at the same time maintaining proper speech.
Reasons for a Bridge:
- Maintain facial shape
- Restore ability to chew properly
- Restore speech and pronunciation caused by missing teeth
- Fill in spaces of missing teeth that would otherwise leave surrounding teeth susceptible to tooth decay
- Prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of their correct position
- Restore the aesthetics of your smile and mouth
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
What is the Process of Getting a Bridge?
The first step in being fitted for a dental bridge involves reducing the size of the abutment teeth. This is done in order to accommodate the material to be used to restore the size and shape of the original teeth in a correct alignment and contact with the opposing teeth. Once the abutment teeth are prepared, an impression is taken and sent off to a lab. The completed bridge is usually sent back to our office within 1-2 weeks. To ensure that your remaining teeth are protected, and that the aesthetics of your mouth are maintained, a temporary bridge is made in the office while the final bridge is being processed and temporarily placed while you wait for your permanent bridge. Once returned, the temporary bridge is removed, and the final bridge is permanently cemented into place.